Monday, August 01, 2005

Good News!

Our bedroom floor is carpenter ant and water-leak free!!

We've had several water leaks in various spots over the last few years. One leak was from a bad washing machine hose, another from a leaky T-joint under the house, and yet another was from poorly installed windows(the one and ONLY time we hired a contractor). Apparantly particle board subfloor doesn't recover well from water damage. Keep this in mind when doing new construction.

L cut a couple of small holes through the subfloor. There's no damage to any of the floor joists and the area underneath is bug and mold free. This means that we won't have to rip up ALL of the 3/4 inch subfloor in our bedroom. This will save us soooo much time! We only need to cut out an 8 ft X 1 ft section that is domed up and replace it with 3/4 inch PLYWOOD (not particleboard or OSB). Then we'll be able to cover the entire floor with 1/2 inch plywood which will reinforce the soft spots. Then we'll be ready to install the new carpeting.

We bought our carpet yesterday and received more good news. Last week the carpet we selected was $1.39/sq. ft. Yesterday we purchased the carpet for $.91/sq. ft. I LOVE SALES!!!

15 Comments:

At 8/01/2005 7:47 PM, Blogger European said...

Hurrah! You're on a home improvement roll!
We had a water leak at our condo the morning after we came home from our xmas vacation. It was Sunday, we were jetlagged, and our BRAND NEW hardwood floors made squishy sounds when we walked over them. That day was not fun, but we got the leak fixed and the plumber brought big fans to dry the floors out. Finally, we ended up replacing some of the boards (we'd done the floors ourselves). The nice part was that the insurance paid for us to have it done and we did it ourselves, so we had some extra cash to moake ourselves feel better about doing the work.
Wow. I rambled. Sorry!

 
At 8/01/2005 8:37 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

euro-Home improvement projects tend to make EVERYBODY ramble.
That's the good part of doing it yourself when it comes to insurance. YOU get paid for doing the work. Too bad it doesn't always work that way.

 
At 8/01/2005 9:30 PM, Blogger zydeco fish said...

I fear I have carpenterd ants. I have seen a few here and there. I am hoping for the best. Besides, I hear they only eat rotten wood. Maybe that will help me out? :-)

 
At 8/01/2005 11:07 PM, Blogger Bridget Jones said...

WOW that is one great price! Congrats on all counts!!

 
At 8/01/2005 11:58 PM, Blogger MonicaR said...

Woooo - hooooo! I love a good bargain.

Glad it wasn't as much of a nightmare as it COULD have been!

 
At 8/02/2005 1:21 AM, Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Ah, good news indeed. Glad it all worked out.

 
At 8/02/2005 8:09 AM, Blogger Laura said...

Great news!

 
At 8/02/2005 2:18 PM, Blogger Notta Wallflower said...

It's nice when things go better than expected. Hooray for you guys!

 
At 8/02/2005 7:31 PM, Blogger Squirl said...

Home improvements jobs scare the crap out of me. Of course, I'm more likely to hammer my thumb than the nail. Good for you guys being able to do that stuff.

 
At 8/03/2005 9:01 PM, Blogger greatwhitebear said...

Congrats! I HATE home improvement projects, even though I am pretty good at them!

sounds like yours went better than expected!

 
At 8/04/2005 12:08 PM, Blogger Jason said...

Great news! I still have about five different improvement projects going on. I'm probably a month away from being "settled."

 
At 8/04/2005 2:32 PM, Blogger Sadie Lou said...

What color did you choose?

 
At 8/04/2005 6:34 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Jason-You might as well do these projects now, so you don't have to move ALL your stuff again. When you're done it'll feel more like home and will remove those "evil spirits".

Sadie-The carpet is different shades of blue. We had a sculptured beige before. I'll post some "after" pictures, if we ever get done.

 
At 8/04/2005 8:49 PM, Anonymous ann said...

we just finished a two year renovation project. i'm glad your through with yours (for now!).

 
At 8/05/2005 10:13 PM, Blogger FunkyB said...

So here's to off-topic comments...

My daughter began observation for Tourette's when she was five. Because she had not yet displayed vocal tics they held off on any kind of diagnosis, though her neurologist felt quite certain we should start her on medication.

She's fourteen now and still only displays non-vocal tics. The physical ones come and go, as you well know, and change each time they appear. I just wanted to introduce myself and let you know that I'll be back.

 

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